Ray Bradbury didn’t introduce me to science fiction. Asimov and L’Engle took care of that. Bradbury showed me that science fiction could be poetic and rich with metaphor. The lyricism of the opening paragraphs of Fahrenheit 451 captivated me and I tried to emulate it in my juvenile efforts at writing. The Martian Chronicles, with its separate but linked stories, helped me understand the importance of perspective and voice when telling a story. Reading Bradbury gave me my my first inkling that there was a difference between good writing and not-so-good. And I’ll always associate him Awith warm summer days at the kitchen table and slightly musty library books.